7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading
7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading by Louise Park and illustrated by Nellé May Pierce
Generation Alpha is the swiper, pincher, tapper cohort, the first to grow up with devices in their hands. They are breaking new ground as a result of technological advances, while you, their parents, are having to navigate these uncharted waters. Literacy is the single most important thing we can teach kids. If they can read, all other learning will follow. Learn how to futureproof your child’s literacy in a rapidly changing world, and give them the best chance of success. Louise Park has spent decades watching children working away at this reading thing. As a teacher, children’s author and leading educational consultant, she knows better than anyone how the goalposts have shifted over time. The road to literacy has never been smooth, but now there is the added challenge of digital distractions. Louise will show you how to make the most of both digital and traditional forms of reading, as well as setting out commonsense plans for making a reader of your child. Based on scientific research and presented in a friendly, accessible style for time-poor parents, the seven simple steps will lead your Generation Alpha child to an irreplaceable love of reading.
For all those parents out there whose children have just started school and are now faced with a child learning to read, for parents who have children that don’t yet understand the joy of a real-life book in your hands, and for those parents who have a two-day-old baby at home this book has some tips to help.
As an ex-teacher there is lots I could say about how important reading is but I’m going to limit myself to just a few dot points and encourage you to reserve a copy of the book and get reading today.
Sing, Read, Write, Talk, and Play with your child everyday!
- Language development in the brain begins before birth so it is never too early to be reading with your baby.
- Children whose parents read to them know 500,000 more words than children whose parents don’t.
- Written language is different to oral language and there is no better way to immerse yourself in it than reading.
- Reading aloud with your baby/toddler/child is an excellent bonding experience.
- Reading written language prepares children to read and write independently.
- Even though babies aren’t talking they are developing a vocabulary of receptive language which they will use when all of the vocalisation they are doing progresses to speech (speaking is very involved and takes us a long time to learn).
- Reading aloud is so important.
- When I was a teacher of year 7s they loved when I read to them.
- It’s important to keep doing even when children become independent readers.
- Especially for children learning as when you are the one reading they get to enjoy the story instead of undertaking the massive cognitive load associated with learning to read.
- Let children see you read for joy because it will show them reading has value and they want to do everything you do.
- Audiobooks and podcasts are great for car trips and a different way to interact with language.
- ‘Good’ reading is not limited to fiction – there are huge benefits to reading graphic novels or non-fiction.
- It is important to let children choose their own books.
- And it’s okay to let them find the books they like and stick to that genre (we do as adults).
Not sure how to approach reading a book aloud?
Come to the library for a Storytime session.
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